One of my favorite parts of being a parent is discovering cool books and authors that I might not have known about otherwise (Sandra Boynton, to wit). Once in a while we come across a book on a library excursion that we end up borrowing again and again. Here are a couple we’ve loved recently that are in the preschool to early-grade-school range:
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
About a little girl and a box of colourful, seemingly endless yarn she finds in a town that has become devoid of colour. The story is sweet, it has a fairy tale quality to it (a random archduke shows up!), and the illustrations are beautiful. It is probably up there with my favorite children’s storybooks.
Froodle by Antoinette Portis
A little brown bird decides she is tired of making the same old sounds every day. Clever and silly.
Kindergarten Diary by Antoinette Portis
By the same author and illustrator of Froodle , Kindergarten Diary features daily diary entries from the perspective of a Kindergartener’s first month at school (especially relevant to our family right now). Very cute and addresses some common fears. (The main character, Annalisa, also physically resembles a certain rough-and-rumble four-year-old I know.)
Big Bear Hug by Nicholas Oldland
Our whole family loves Nicholas Oldland’s books; we’ve been hooked since getting Up the Creek a few years back. They are hilarious and have a very distinctly Canadian feel. Big Bear Hug features a lovable black bear who loves hugging and spreading his love around, especially to trees. It’s curious to him that not everyone is receptive to being wrapped in his embrace.
Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond
My daughter has had three television loves: Bubble Guppies, Doc McStuffins, and The Pioneer Woman. We love curling up together and watching Ree Drummond prepare recipes and showcase various goings on at her family’s ranch, especially the animals. So when we stumbled across this series featuring the basset hound Charlie, who makes frequent appearances in the show, it was pretty exciting. There are three books in the series and they are told from Charlie’s witty perspective. They also include a recipe at the end to try out. This first book in the series is a good place to start!
What are some of your favorite children’s books?